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: first-rate
a bang-up job

bang up

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banged up; banging up; bangs up

transitive verb

: to cause extensive damage to

Examples of bang-up in a Sentence

Adjective you did a bang-up job on this sales report
Recent Examples on the Web
Paramount+’s prequel does a bang-up job (or would that be a kiss-kiss-bang-bang job?) in creating younger versions of those memorable English criminals — Gal Dove, Don Logan and Teddy Bass. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 But Vanya is so hot right now, and as the play’s titular middle-aged malcontent, Carell has a pretty bang-up cast to play with, including William Jackson Harper (The Good Place), Mia Katigbak (Infinite Life), Alison Pill, Anika Noni Rose, and Jayne Houdyshell. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 4 Jan. 2024 Since when is being present the same as being productive, innovative, engaged, and doing a bang-up job, such as ensuring customer satisfaction? Deborah Lovich, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Thought The Great and The Witcher could have a bang-up crossover episode? Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2023
In which case The Fall Guy, a reboot of an ABC series from the 1980s, is Christmas in May, with no shortage of shiny toys to be quickly banged up and discarded. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Samuel’s demolition derby style of play invariably leaves him banged up for some games at less than his peak or out of the lineup to heal for short periods. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 26 Apr. 2024 With LaMelo Ball and Mark Williams banged up, Terry Rozier in Miami and PJ Washington and Gordon Hayward sent to other locales, Bridges has essentially carried the Hornets on his back for the better part of this last month and more. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 26 Mar. 2024 Linebacker Patrick Queen and running back Justice Hill might have been banged up, and safety Geno Stone exited with a knee injury. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 6 Jan. 2024 Once LaMelo Ball and Mark Williams got banged up and the front office pivoted toward shedding the team’s veteran talent and moving in another direction by adding players and draft picks, the Hornets signaled a shift in philosophy and are undermanned most nights. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 With star LaMelo Ball constantly hurt and the Hornets mostly banged up for the better part of his most recent tenure, Clifford has compiled a 45-112 record leading into Wednesday night’s matchup with Portland. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 3 Apr. 2024 These are tough days of the season, guys are banged up, everyone's feeling a little something. David Brandt, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 Adebayo was also banged up, limping to the locker room early in the third quarter before returning to the bench a few minutes later with a wrap around his back. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 3 Mar. 2024

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Word History



bang entry 3


bang entry 1

First Known Use


1810, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bang-up was in 1810

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“Bang-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: first-rate, excellent
had a bang-up time
a bang-up job
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